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Electrical  /  July 7, 2022

Why You Should Hire a Professional for Electrical Repairs

Electrical jobs that should be left to the professionals

There may be some repairs around the house that you can handle by yourself. However, if you have a problem with the electrical system, you should hire an electrician in Etobicoke to make the repairs for you. Here are some of the reasons why you should hire home repair services for electrical jobs as well as examples of specific tasks you should not handle yourself and why. 

Reasons You Should Not Perform Electrical Repairs Yourself

The main reason that you should hire a professional for electrical repairs rather than performing them yourself is safety. An electric shock could cause serious injuries such as third-degree burns. Potentially, a shock could stop your heart.

Furthermore, you are not the only ones at risk. Even if you avoid an electrical shock yourself, a mistake during an electrical repair could cause a house fire, which would affect your entire family. 

Even if the repair seems to be effective, it may not be up to code. This could cause problems if you eventually decide to sell your house. It could also void your homeowner’s insurance coverage if something does go wrong with the electrical system. 

Nowadays, it seems as though there are tutorials on the internet to teach you how to do just about anything. However, not every repair goes exactly by the book. You could attempt a repair yourself with the help of a tutorial and run into a situation that it does not cover and get stuck with no way to ask for feedback or advice. Even if you go on a message board or forum to ask for advice, you probably have to wait for a reply, and even then, it may not be helpful. 

The electrical system of your home is very delicate. Your amateur efforts at repair may cause even more damage. You may end up having to hire a professional to correct it, and fixing a bungled repair job may be more expensive. You can save both money and time by hiring an electrician in Etobicoke in the first place. 

Specific Electrical Jobs That Should Be Left to the Professionals

Generally speaking, the best and safest piece of advice is to avoid any electrical repairs around your home, especially if you do not have any knowledge or experience in them. However, there are some jobs that you should avoid because they are particularly dangerous. 

  • Anything involving the circuit breaker box, whether repairing or replacing it. The circuit breaker is the heart of the entire electrical system. It prevents fires from short circuits by cutting power to wires that get too hot. Every electrical circuit in your home connects to the circuit breaker. Repairing or replacing it is a huge job, and even the tiniest mistake can have tragic consequences. 
  • Anything that has to do with wiring, whether repairing it, replacing it, or adding to it by creating new circuits. Wiring that is not handled correctly can become overloaded, increasing the risk of a house fire. 
  • Upgrading outlets. If you have some rudimentary knowledge of the electrical repair, you may be able to handle the simple replacement of an outlet on your own. However, if you are upgrading, e.g., adding a GFCI switch to create a grounded outlet, it is imperative that the grounding be completed correctly. Otherwise, it may look like you have the protection of a GFCI switch, but if a situation arises in which you need it, you may find that the switch does not provide the necessary protection, which can make a bad situation worse. 

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